If we instantly transported you to Bar Shake to enjoy one of their well crafted drinks without telling you where you were, you would probably assume that you were at one of Shinjuku's famous drinking spots. We wouldn't blame you, as it has all the telltale signs of a quality Japanese bar: an intimate ambiance replete with plush furnishings, a mix of Japanese spirits and other well known bottles adorned behind the bar, and a solemn Japanese bartender manning the establishment.
Osamu Kinugawa is that solemn bartender, the man behind the praised but now defunct Bar Kinugawa, making a comeback to the cocktail scene like a phoenix from the ashes to continue whipping up exciting alcoholic creations with precision that the Japanese are so well known for. Armed with a collection of exotic Japanese spirits, at least to most Malaysians, that when used in combination with housemade ingredients, results in good old fashioned classic cocktails reimagined using Japanese and local touches.
Seasonal Fruit Sake Cocktail – Longan
A sake cocktail makes for a light and easy way to break in your inaugural visit to Bar Shake, with Kinugawa's twist highlighting local fruits, making for a fascinating play of Japanese-Malaysian flavours in a glass. Our longan sake cocktail had a very pleasant fruity entry on the palate, followed by a slightly umami taste from the sake that hits shortly after at the back of the palate. On the nose, the sweetness of the longan's aroma is dominant, revealing an easy-to-like cocktail that will appeal to women and those looking for a light entry with a fruity finish.